John Speller's Web Pages Now Well! Now Well!

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Now Well! Now Well!
A Cornish variant of the well-known carol "The First Nowell." Ralph Dunstan in his Cornish Song Book (1929) has the refrain as "O Well!", but Charlotte M. Yonge in her History of Christian Names (1884) confirms that "Now Well!" was the usual version in Cornwall. In his anthology, Some Ancient Christmas Carols (1822), Davies Gilbert also has "Now Well!" for the chorus in "When righteous Joseph wedded was." Nowell and Now Well are of course both Anglicizations of the French NoŽl.

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